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Biography of Emery Trekell, M. D.

Emery Trekell, M. D. On the wall of his office at Harper hangs a diploma showing Doctor Trekell is a graduate in medicine from Northwestern University of Chicago. Immediately after leaving that school in 1910 he took up active practice in Kansas, and for the past three years had been looking after a very large and accumulating professional business at Harper. Doctor Trekell though born at West Union in Cass County, Missouri, March 13, 1877, had some interesting historical family connections of early days in Kansas. He is of a family that came to the United States before the Revolution. His grandfather was a native of Illinois, and during the ’50s came west to the Missouri border and settled near Fort Aubrey, Kansas. He had a farm there and was killed on his place at the time of Quantrill’s raid. He had walked to Lawrence to notify the citizens there of Quantrill’s coming, and on account of that act was ambushed and slain. Two of his brothers, one of whom was named Greenbury Trekell, were killed in the battle between the free state and slavery forces at Lawrence. Franklin Trekell, father of Doctor Trekell, was born near Toulon in Stark County, Illinois, in 1840, but when quite young moved to West Union, Missouri. In 1862 he went into the Union army and as a first lieutenant saw active service until the close of the war. He was one of the avengers of his father’s death, raising a squad of men who went in pursuit of Quantrill, and it was Franklin Trekell who discovered Quantrill’s muster roll in the saddle...

Biography of John Charles Palmer

John Charles Palmer is the popular superintendent of schools of Harper County. He is the only county superintendent to hold the office three consecutive terms, and also had the distinction of being the only candidate for that office who succeeded in carrying every precinct in the county. That honor was given him at the last two elections. Mr. Palmer had made education his life work and his activities in Harper County have been a source of influence and upbuilding to every school with which he had been individually connected or over which his supervision extends. Superintendent Palmer was born in Clark County, Kentucky, July 11, 1883. He comes of a pioneer family of the old Blue Grass state, his ancestors having settled there about the time of Daniel Boone. His grandfather, William Palmer, who was born in Kentucky in 1832 and died at Rago, Kansas, in 1897, was a Confederate soldier during the Civil war. By trade he was a blacksmith. In 1885 he removed to Kansas, following his trade at Harper and in 1887 removing to Kearney County, where he was a farmer for several years. After 1892 he lived at Rago and worked at his trade. He married Sarah Thomas, who was born in Kentucky in 1831 and died at Harper, Kansas, in 1910. Robert Schuyler Palmer, father of John C., was born in Clark County, Kentucky, May 15, 1855, and was reared and married in his native county. He became a stone mason, and followed his trade at Harper, Kansas, after going there in 1885, and in Kearney County from 1887 was a farmer until his...

Biography of William M. Burkholder

William M. Burkholder is one of the younger native Kansans filling places of responsibility and action and recently became proprietor and editor of the Anthony Bulletin. He had one of the older papers of Harper County. The Bulletin had enjoyed an independent existence since 1891, but is a continuation of several earlier papers. The old Harper County Enterprise was founded at Anthony in 1884, was consolidated in 1891 with the Alliance Bulletin of Harper, and was continued under the name Weekly Bulletin. The editor and publisher prior to Mr. Burkholder’s ownership was R. P. McColloch. The Bulletin is independent in politics and had a circulation all over Harper and surrounding counties and also in Oklahoma. The offices and plant are on North Jennings Avenue. William H. Burkholder was born at Tribune, Kansas, October 10, 1890, and represents a family that had been identified with this state for over forty years. He is descended from one of eight brothers who came out of Switzerland and founded homes in Pennsylvania in 1754. These brothers were early members of the Mennonite sect, and it was owing to religious persecution in Switzerland that they sought new homes and freedom of worship in America. The great-grandfather of William Burkholder in 1816 moved with a party of people of similar religious views to Ontario, Canada, and the colony founded there the Town of Waterloo in Waterloo County. Samuel Burkholder, grandfather of the Kansas editor, was born in 1816 at Bowmansville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and in the same year was taken by the family to Ontario. He became a prominent contractor in Canada but in...

Biography of Lester Martin Combs

Lester Martin Combs has been an active newspaper man since he graduated from Baker University five years ago and is now editor, manager and treasurer of the Anthony Republican, the official paper of Harper County. The Republican is the oldest paper in Harper County and was established a few years after the county was organized in 1879. The first editors and publishers were George W. Maffet and Charles Metcalf. For several years in the late ’80s the Republican had a daily edition. At the present time the Republican is printed at a modern plant on South Bluff Street. The Anthony Republican Company, Incorporated, had the following officers: R. S. McGowen, president; S. K. Rife, vice president; E. C. Wilcox, secretary; and L. M. Combs, editor, manager and treasurer. Throughout its existence of nearly forty years the Republican had steadily advocated the principles of the party for which it was named. Lester Martin Combs was born in Wamego, Kansas, October 1, 1889. He is of English ancestry and his grandfather came from England and settled in Ohio, being a farmer in Butler County until his death. M. S. Combs, father of the Anthony editor, was born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1840, grew up and married there and spent most of his active life as a farmer. He was an early settler in Kansas, locating in Wabaunsee County in 1861. He homesteaded 160 acres, farmed it many years, and later for a time was in the grocery business at Wamego. He then resumed farming and in 1900 retired to Herington, Kansas, where his death occurred November 16, 1912. He was...

Biography of Rev. Daniel Kenneally

Rev. Daniel Kenneally came to Kansas fresh from his studies and his ordination as a Catholic priest in Ireland and after a few months at Wichita was assigned to the position as rector of the Immaculate Conception Church at Danville in Harper County. Danville had one of the oldest Catholic parishes in Harper County, established fully thirty years ago, and it had been growing in membership rapidly during Father Kenneally’s administration. He represents an old family of County Cork, Ireland, and was born at Ballylanders, Cloyne, in that county, May 3, 1883. He was the one of a large family selected for a priestly vocation, and until sixteen years of age acquired his preliminary education in the parochial schools. He then spent five years in the classical course of Mount Melleray Seminary in County Waterford, and for three years pursued his theological work in St. Patrick’s College of County Carlow. Ill health interrupted his studies about the time they were completed and he spent two years at home recuperating. In 1912 he was ordained a priest at St. Patrick’s College, and said his first mass in St. Patrick’s Church May 26, 1912, with the assistance of Rev. William Grace. After a brief vacation Father Kenneally came to the United States and on the 12th of October, 1912, arrived at Wichita, where for six months he was assistant to Father Monnier in the cathedral. He entered upon his duties as rector of the Immaculate Conception Church at Danville, March 26, 1913. Father Kenneally had a fine new church as the religious center of his parish. The cornerstone was laid in...

Biography of Hon. F. M. Benefiel

Hon. F. M. Benefiel. The State of Kansas can justly lay claim to many advantages, among these being a general citizenship that is enlightened and discriminating. It knows well how to choose its representative men, those to whom it entrusts its public responsibilities. Occasionally a mistake may be made but when public favor is shown to the same individual year after year and under many changing political conditions, it is made plain that merit and not mere popularity is at the root of such action. Among the favorite sons of Montgomery County is F. M. Benefiel, at present city collector in the water and light departments, Coffeyville, whose interests in the business affairs of his community have been extensive, and whose public activities have been of such importance as to materially affect and bring about beneficent legislation. Among the early settlers in the State of New York were the Benefiels. They were of Scotch extraction, seven brothers of the name coming from Scotland to the American colonies in 1754. In this as in many other families, useful data, early records were not preserved but, as the name is found in the annals of many states, the family presumably was a prolific one and undoubtedly possessed its national characteristics of perseverance and thrift. F. M. Benefiel was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, February 24, 1862. He is a son of James R. and Sarah (Page) Benefiel, the former of whom was born in Putnam County, in 1825, and died in Hamilton County, Nebraska, in 1900. The latter was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1826, and died there in 1867....

Biography of J. C. McFetridge

The subject of the following article is one of the stanch and loyal citizen of Wallowa county, where he has wrought for advancement and progress shoulder to shoulder with the best men in the county and has demeaned himself in a commendable manner meanwhile, having ever been led by his characteristic sagacity, prudence and practical judgment. It is also one of the distinctions that belongs to Mr. McFetridge, that when Columbia called for sons to stand for her honor and defend her banner in the Civil war, he stepped quickly to the front and showed his mettle in military service of merit and valor. Our subject, J. C. McFetridge, entered this life on December 22, 1844, in Smith county, Virginia, being the son of Ephriam and Armanda (Myers) McFetridge, natives respectively, of Pennsylvania and Virginia. The father was a farmer and schoolteacher and removed from Virginia to eastern Tennessee. His career ended at Maynardsville, in that state, where his remains sleep peacefully at the present time. In 1863 Mr. McFetridge crossed the mountains from east Tennessee to Kentucky and found the United States troops at Condon. He hired to work for the government as teamster, being in Bowman’s brigade, Second Division, Ninth Corps, under General Burnside. He was once called from his labors as teamster to fight Morgan’s command. After the war he returned to his home in eastern Tennessee. In 1870 he migrated to Wilson County, Kansas, where he engaged in farming and stock raising for nine years, then removed to Harper County for two years. It was in 1881 that he came to Oregon, settling on Prairie creek,...
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